The Insurance Council of Texas (ICT) recently premiered its new documentary on Hurricane Harvey before 1,000 first responders at the Coastal Bend Hurricane Conference in Robstown. The video describes the catastrophic damage and the people who lived through the costliest storm in Texas history. The Coastal Bend Emergency Management Association invited ICT’s Mark Hanna and executive director Albert Betts to attend the 2-day event and asked Hanna to introduce the video.
“Despite 150 mph winds and the devastation brought on the coastal residents of Rockport, Port Aransas and surrounding towns, most of the nation’s focus on Harvey centered on its torrential rainfall and the resulting flooding that submerged Houston and southeast Texas,” said Hanna. “While we try to document all of the damage along the Texas coast, the documentary focuses on where the storm made landfall and those who experienced it.” It had been 47 years since the Rockport/Port Aransas area was hit by a hurricane.
Shortly after the storm, ICT estimated insured losses from Hurricane Harvey at $19 billion, with most of those losses coming from flood claims to homes, business and vehicles. The Texas Department of Insurance recently estimated that losses would be approximately $19.4 billion.
The 11-minute documentary on Hurricane Harvey can be viewed here: http://www.insurancecouncil.org/Harvey
Hurricane season officially begins June 1, but Texas’ deadliest storms have typically occurred later in the summer. In order to help coastal residents prepare for hurricanes and better understand their insurance coverages, ICT conducts a “Hurricane Tour” each August that travels from Port Arthur down to the Rio Grande Valley. ICT’s Hanna, along with a group of weather experts, local insurance agents, and staff from the Texas Department of Insurance, provide information on flood insurance, windstorm coverage, homeowners insurance, and disaster preparation. During last year’s Hurricane Tour, Hanna was in the middle of the Hurricane Tour when Harvey was only hours away from making landfall.
You can also find more information on Harvey and other hurricane preparedness information on our Hurricane Central webpage ICT Hurricane Central